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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## Speed limit - long one! ##### This topic has 6 expert replies and 276 member replies Goto page Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 12 Jun 2013 Posted: 1 messages B,C - "Regarded ..." phrase incorrectly modifies speed limit D is same as A because changing the modifier position doesn't make D any different from A. one answer for every question , so A,D are ruled out Winner is E. Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 15 Jun 2013 Posted: 3 messages Hi All: As per my understanding, correct answer should be "B". This is because: 1. Main point which is talked about is 'speed limit', not 'the fight'. 2. Only options B and C clarify that 'speed limit' is the main subject of the sentence, without any ambiguity. 3. Option C is wrong, because it uses meddlesome as meddling, which is not required. 4. Rest all options, including 'E', are ambiguous because subject is clearly modified by the modifiers. Even 'E' introduces "a measure" which doesn't clarify the subject as "speed limit". It still may point to 'the fight'. 5. Hence the correct answer is 'B'. Pls correct me, if I am wrong. Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 10 Jul 2013 Posted: 4 messages Hello Dana, I do not agree with the explanation given by you for D As 'regarded' is a past participle and hence will modify 'speed limit' because it's the immediately preceding noun. Then how exactly you will reason it to be misplaced modifier? Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 14 Jul 2013 Posted: 5 messages E is the correct answer. Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 08 Jan 2013 Posted: 171 messages Upvotes: 1 Did it. Legendary Member Joined 27 Dec 2010 Posted: 544 messages Followed by: 2 members Upvotes: 45 Maeverick wrote: Hello Dana, I do not agree with the explanation given by you for D As 'regarded' is a past participle and hence will modify 'speed limit' because it's the immediately preceding noun. Then how exactly you will reason it to be misplaced modifier? Option D: D. The fight over the speed limit, regarded by opponents as ineffective and meddlesome and by supporters as a conserver of life and energy, continues in our legislatures and on our freeways. "Regarded" is modifying SPEED LIMIT which cannot be any of these : conserver of life and energy, ineffective, and meddlesome. Even if you say that "Regarded" is modifying "SPEED LIMIT", the other feasible option could be "THE FIGHT". However again,"THE fight" cannot be all of these: conserver of life and energy, ineffective, and meddlesome. Ask yourself what is over which people in legislature are fighting? Probably a bill/a law/A MEASURE(a statute in draft before it becomes law). Can a bill/measure be all of these: conserver of life and energy, ineffective, and meddlesome. YES. Option E is the answer !! I hope this helps. Legendary Member Joined 27 Dec 2010 Posted: 544 messages Followed by: 2 members Upvotes: 45 anshuman09 wrote: Hi All: As per my understanding, correct answer should be "B". This is because: 1. Main point which is talked about is 'speed limit', not 'the fight'. 2. Only options B and C clarify that 'speed limit' is the main subject of the sentence, without any ambiguity. 3. Option C is wrong, because it uses meddlesome as meddling, which is not required. 4. Rest all options, including 'E', are ambiguous because subject is clearly modified by the modifiers. Even 'E' introduces "a measure" which doesn't clarify the subject as "speed limit". It still may point to 'the fight'. 5. Hence the correct answer is 'B'. Pls correct me, if I am wrong. If B is correct, then can you please tell me what is wrong with option D? The Subject depends on what verb you are considering, as there can be multiple verb in a sentence. I believe the subject of this sentence is "THE FIGHT [over speed limit]". Because: "SPEED LIMIT" CANNOT "continues in our legislatures and on our freeways." But: "THE FIGHT [over speed limit]" CAN "continues in our legislatures and on our freeways." _________________ If my post was helpful, then please click "Thank". Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 28 Jul 2013 Posted: 1 messages Ans: E Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 29 Jul 2013 Posted: 1 messages IMO B. In A, D and E, it looks as if 'fight over speed limit' is regarded by opponents as ineffective meddling etc. But in C it is clear that it is speed limit. But there is one noun and other modified as verb. So, I think B is right as for supporters and opponents it is qualified as noun. Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 23 Mar 2013 Posted: 2 messages Hello Dana & everyone, I am a little confused about the elimination reason for Choice D, hope you can give me some kind help here! In my opinion, "regarded by.."is an -ed modifier that modifiers the clousest noun next to it--the "speed limit" before the comma, so it is wrong?? Thanks a lot! Yi Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 02 Dec 2012 Posted: 3 messages E. Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 20 Jun 2013 Posted: 3 messages The answer must be E. Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 17 Jul 2013 Posted: 1 messages A, B and C seem to be independent clauses. E reads well. Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 14 Apr 2013 Posted: 2 messages C?? 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